A captivating world of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches unfolding against a backdrop of forests and mountains. Hugging the town of Wilderness, the park offers you the chance to explore hiking trails, hire a canoe, go abseiling or try paragliding.

Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park is always my first stop, a place that constantly delights. Swimming and paddling in the river, watching the crimson flashed of Knysna turacos flitting through the trees, walking the trail to the waterfall. It is always difficult to leave.

– Ron Swilling, Wild 26

Main Attractions

  • Birder’s paradise with various ecosystems and two hides
  • Hiking through the forest or fields of fynbos
  • Canoeing the winding Touw River


  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Paragliding
  • Short and long day hikes
  • Beachcombing

Top sightings: pied kingfisher, grey heron, little egret

Accommodation: Camping, log cottages, forest cabins

Gate Times: 07:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Wilderness is 2km away, George is 15km away.

Contact park: +27 (0)44 877 1197

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit the home page of Garden Route National Park’s Wilderness Section.